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Clear Spring briefs

September 12, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

Deadline nears for those seeking office



CLEAR SPRING - Two seats will be up for grabs this year in the annual Clear Spring town election.

Current Vice Mayor Terry Baker and Councilman Steve Blickenstaff - and anyone else wanting to run for a town office - have until Monday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. to decide.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the town limits for two years. Anyone interested in running must stop in at town hall and fill out an application, according to Mayor Paul Hose Jr.

The town hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 2, the town clerk will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accept applications.

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Baker, a candidate for Washington County Commissioner, said Monday that he hasn't decided if he will run again for town office.

If he is elected to the county office and the town office, he would have to choose - he couldn't serve both, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm.

The town election is set for Monday, Nov. 6, at town hall between 2 and 7 p.m. Kids Vote will be held at the same time.

To vote in the town election, voters must be able to prove they have lived within town limits for the past 30 days.

Absentee ballots must be returned to town hall by election day.

For more information, call 301-842-2252.




Streetscape efforts being rewarded



CLEAR SPRING - Many residents along Cumberland Street have worked hard weeding, trimming, mulching, planting and adding garden art to the Streetscape areas in front of their homes for the past six years.

And the Clear Spring Garden Club wants to reward them, as well as encourage others to do the same, by issuing 10 gift certificates worth $25 each to Locust Hill Nursery.

Garden Club President Cindy Downs came to the town meeting Monday night, seeking a council member willing to serve on the committee to choose the recipients of the gift certificates.

Carol Hovermale volunteered.

The club did the initial gardening work along the Streetscape but now the areas are the responsibility of the property owners, Downs said.

"This is the club's way of thanking all who have used their time and money to help the town look nice," Downs said. The money is coming from the garden club's treasury.

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